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Medford Arts Council

Established in 1980, the Medford Arts Council works to bring high-quality cultural programming to the community, increase public access to Medford’s many cultural assets, and promote favorable conditions for our creative economy.

On an annual cycle we offer grants to artists, writers, performers, instructors, and cultural organizations seeking to engage the Medford public. We also help sponsor new public arts and humanities initiatives in Medford.

The funds we distribute are an annual allocation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through their Local Cultural Council program. The Council also receives funding from the City of Medford.

The Council funds public events like the Arts Across Medford festival, Circle the Square, and West Medford Open Studios, as well as dozens of concerts, classes, field trips, performances, and other activities in disciplines including dance, theater, music, science, history, literature, craft and design, and the visual arts.


85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155-3299

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FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

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How Grant Recipients Are Paid

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Arlington Jazz Festival, Inc. Educational Music Series for Seniors $1,500
Arts Collaborative Medford Community Arts Center $5,000
Brereton, Laura Brooks Elementary School 3rd Grade Songwriting Project $1,000
Bybell, Brett Original Trivia Game Show Event for Seniors $450
CACHE in Medford, Inc. Circle the Square $5,000
CACHE in Medford, Inc. Mystic River Celebration $5,000
Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library Intro to Improv Workshop for Teens $1,500
Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library Inside the Telegraph Club with Malinda Lo $1,250
Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library Chinese Calligraphy Workshop for Teens $400
Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library Needle Felting Workshops for Teens $650
City Lights, Inc. Narrative Crossings: Exploring Identity, Community, and Voice with Local Youth $2,000
Clark, John Tuning into History: Understanding American History Through its Music $600
Cokkinias, Peter NOTEWORTHY SCHOLARS $3,000
Daniel, Don The Just A Minute Festival $500
Dickson, Glenn Dreams & Meditations $1,200
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Doherty, Monique Arts in Space and Time WMOS $4,028
Fagan, Jonathan Medford Jazz Festival $2,000
Flejter, Anita J. Improve Your Partnership - Learn to Communicate through tango $5,480
Greater Boston Stage Company Discounted Tickets to Theatre for Medford Students and Seniors $1,000
Hart, Francis The “Me” Decade - A Cultural Review of the 1970s Through Music $350
Hurlbut, Steven M. Jumpin' Juba Senior Concert $350
Jirmanus Saba, Mary Unsettling Massachusetts $3,650
Juventas Music, Inc. Juventas Medford Series $2,000
Lewis, Jennifer At Home in Medford $6,700
Lin, Jessica Chamber Music-Making with Fireside Ensemble $2,280
Medford Community Chorale, Inc. “From Brahms to Broadway” - Medford Community Chorale & Youth/Young Adult Spring Concert $1,500
Medford Council on Aging Medford Multi Media Cultural Exchange $2,338
Medford Historical Society A Murder at Harvard Medical School: The Disappearance of Dr. George Parkman $375
Medford Porchfest Medford Porchfest 2023 $2,000
Medford Public Schools Connecting the Community through Art $2,200
Medford Recreation Department Condon Shell Summer Concert Series $2,000
Missituk Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, Inc. Afro-Brazilian Capoeira at the Missituk School $920
Missituk Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, Inc. Ill-Style & Peace Performance at the Missituk School $770
Nunweiler, Alexandria Dance & Cake: A Community Movement Project $2,000
Parisi, Rita 1908 Tea $475
Rabin, Allison Art for Refugees $750
Raelin, Melanie Diverse Art Library for Medford Elementary Students $1,300
Rantisi, Tareq World Music Concert Series : Celebrate Diverse Medford $7,800
Roberts Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, Inc. Art Night 2023 $1,500
Royall House Association ASL Tours of the Royall House and Slave Quarters $600
Smith, Patrick Afternoon of Brass #2 $500
The Delvena Theatre Company Nun of This and Nun of That! $625
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts MCA's Arts Access with ASL: WCT’s ASL Storytime & Creativity Workshop $1,300
Torgerson, Mark Kadanz Jazz $1,120
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Writing Your Way Through Cancer $500
Ware, Shirley The Art of writing Poetry and Short Stories $1,500
West Medford Open Studios, Inc. West Medford Open Studios XXIII $2,250
Wong, Diane Building Networks: Allies for Racial Justice $1,500

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